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Seven Cases of H1N1 Influenza Virus (Swine Flu) Confirmed in Santa Clara County

posted May 11, 2009, 1:15 PM by Santa Clara County Public Health Dept   [ updated Sep 4, 2009, 12:06 PM ]
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
May 4, 2009


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Seven Cases of H1N1 Influenza Virus (Swine Flu)

Confirmed in Santa Clara County

County acquires additional equipment to test for probable cases


San Jose, CALIF. – Today, the California Department of Public Health has confirmed seven of twelve Santa Clara County cases of H1N1 influenza virus (swine flu). There are currently five cases identified as “probable” in Santa Clara County. The Public Health Department will treat these as confirmed cases to protect the public health.

“We are not surprised that these cases have been confirmed,” said Dr. Marty Fenstersheib, Santa Clara County Health Officer. “The state has advised that going forward it will accept the county submitted probable cases as “confirmed cases.”

On Sunday, Santa Clara County was able to secure a second LightCycler machine to facilitate more testing of samples. The new equipment will enable the Public Health Laboratory to better handle the backlog of samples being submitted by physicians and hospitals. All submitted samples are being assessed and prioritized in adherence to strict case definition guidelines.

The Public Health Department will continue to implement precautionary measures to help minimize potential exposure. Contact Investigation Teams will continue to conduct contact investigations for each probable case.

School Closure Update

One additional school campus in Santa Clara County affecting three schools were closed over the weekend, including:
  • Ruskin Elementary School and Sunshine School which has an After-School program and separate preschool share the same campus.
Although some schools in Santa Clara County have been temporarily closed, parents are being advised that if their child’s school is open, and their child is healthy, children should continue to attend school. Public Health officials are continuing to advise parents and caregivers to be watchful over their children’s health. If the child becomes sick with flu-like symptoms, do not send them to school and limit their contact with others for ten (10) days after the onset of the symptoms or until all symptoms are gone, whichever is longer.

The Public Health Department has received its full allocation of antiviral medications from the State, and has developed a plan and guidance protocols for distribution to hospitals, clinics and private physicians. This guidance includes a compliance statement that requires providers to follow the strict guidelines for prescribing and dispensing. The County distributed supplies to local hospitals on Friday.

For information about H1N1 (Swine Flu) please call the California Public Health Department toll-free hotline at 1-888-865-0564 (Monday – Friday from 7am to 6 pm and Saturday/Sunday from 8 am to 4 pm) or the Public Health Information Line at 885-3980.

For information about H1N1 (Swine Flu), please call the California Public Health Department toll-free hotline at 1-888-865-0564 (Monday – Friday from 7am to 6 pm and Saturday/Sunday from 8 am to 4 pm). Parents of children from closed schools can report a sick child to the Public Health Information Line at 885-3980.

For more information about H1N1 (Swine Flu), visit http://www.cdc.gov/h1n1flu

For information in Spanish, visit http://www.cdc.gov/swineflu/espanol/influenza-porcina-datos.htm